Herrin Does the Double at Road America

Josh_Herrin_on_the_podiumThe Daytona Sportbike class is the most competitive series in AMA Pro Road racing, which makes Herrin’s feat at Road America that much more impressive. Herrin won both races this weekend, and thanks to two DNFs for Jason DiSalvo, Herrin takes control of the points lead.

DiSalvo saw the gravel in the opening race, crash again during warm-up, then took the worst fall of the weekend during race 2. DiSalvo is a bit banged up, but he’ll be ready to challenge again at Barber.

“You really hate to see a rider like Jason go down,” Herrin said. “It’s kind of crappy the way that it happened. We really hope he’ll be alright. I think we would have been at the top eventually, but we wouldn’t have caught up this quickly if he didn’t go down twice. But the championship is really close now so we’ll have a great year of racing.”

With DiSalvo out of the race, Herrin had an epic battle with Danny Eslick and Dane Westby.

“It was a great race,” Herrin said. “We had a lot of close racing. We were running 5 or 6 wide. I know I’d look to my left, and be like damn, there’s so many of us. I knew we had a fast bike today, so if someone went by me I knew I would have another shot at the front.”

Herrin would beat out Eslick by .09 seconds. Eslick led the way down the final stretch but Herrin put on the speed to take the win at the checkers.

“I wanted to be in the front,” Eslick said. “I tried drafting off of Westby earlier, and it just wasn’t happening. So I knew if I wanted a shot at the win I had to be leading down the stretch. I thought I had it, but Josh just slingshotted by me. It was a little tough to swallow, but I’m really happy to be on the box here at Road America.”

Westby would take the final spot on the podium before Tommy Aquino and Corey West came across the line in fourth and fifth. The top five riders all finished within 1 second of the leader.

AMA Daytona Sportbike Results – Race 2 – Road America

Herrin
Eslick
Westby
Aquino
West
Beaubier
Amantini
Odom
Allison
O’Hara

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2011 AMA Pro Racing Preview: Miller Motorsports Park

Miller_Motorsports_Park_AerialFor the first time since 2008, the AMA Pro Racing series will be returning to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, for the third round of the 2011 racing season. The AMA riders haven’t been at Miller for two seasons, but they did get a chance to test out the track last month.

Josh Hayes, who currently holds on to a narrow lead at the top of the points standings, was the fastest rider around the Miller Motorsports track during the testing session. Hayes is also coming off a solid weekend at Infineon, where he took home a race win and a second place finish.

Tommy Hayden also took a win at Infineon. Hayden has only 6 points separating himself from the top of the leader-board and could dethrone Hayes this weekend.

“We want to keep the momentum going,” Hayden said. “We’ve got a great bike this year, I’m feeling good, and we’re just trying to make the most of it.”

Hayden’s teammate, Blake Young, is just another two points behind. Young won both races at Daytona this year, and took 3rd and 4th at Infineon. Young was the only rider, besides Hayes, to lap under 1’51 during the MMP test and should be riding at the front this weekend.

The top three riders have a solid gap in terms of points at the moment, but riders like Martin Cardenas, Larry Pegram, and Ben Bostrom will also be challenging for podium spots this weekend.

In the Daytona Sportbike class, Jason DiSalvo is making himself out to be the clear leader for 2011. DiSalvo has won every race so far this season and leads the series by 37 points. But DiSalvo hasn’t been as dominant as his record suggests. Josh Herrin, Danny Eslick, and Jake Holden have all been giving the Latus Ducati rider a lot of pressure.

Fans at Miller this weekend will get to see all the great racing that the AMA has to offer, but they’ll also see some international riders take to the track. The World Superbike series will be at Miller this weekend for the 5th round of the 2011 WSBK Season.

The racing action will begin on Saturday, with the races taking place on Monday.

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Jake Holden Puts Used Gear Up On eBay to Raise Race Funds

Jake_Holden_eBay_HelmetAt the start of the 2011 AMA Pro Racing season, racer Jake Holden lost his title sponsor. Now with limited funds, the Jake Holden Racing Team is using creative methods to raise funds for the team.

Before the Infineon event, Holden and his team set up the Without Ego Media fund for fans to donate toward Holden’s racing effort. They even put out a tip jar during the fan walk at Infineon. And Holden fans have been stepping up big.

But after Holden suffered a broken pinkie and a wrecked motorcycle while racing at Infineon, the Jake Holden Racing team is even further in debt.

Holden put his helmet up on eBay yesterday in order to pick up some extra funds.

From eBay:

“Up for auction is AMA Daytona Sportbike rider Jake Holden’s, #59 of Jake Holden Racing formerly Roberson Motorsports, Shoei X Twelve helmet from this past weekends AMA Round at Infenion Raceway in Sonoma, CA.  This is the helmet Jake was wearing when he crashed in race #2. The proceeds from this sale will go towards Jake’s 2011 racing campaign in the Daytona Sportbike class of the AMA Championship.  The helmet will come autographed by Jake and sent after the next round at Miller Motorsports Park.

“If you would like to donate towards helping Jake continue this season please go to http://www.withoutegomedia.com/#/support-jake and click DONATE.

“Thank you for checking out the auction and helping Jake achieve his dream.”

The current bit for the helmet is $405, but there are still 9 days left to bid.

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Jake Holden Biography

Jake Holden has been racing in the AMA for the last decade, and he’s ridden in just about every class. Superbike, Daytona Sportbike, Superstock, XR1200… You name it and Holden’s probably ridden it.

Jake Holden Vital Statistics

  • AMA Daytona Sportbike Team: Jake Holden Racing
  • Bike: Ducati 848 EVO
  • Number: 59
  • DOB: May 5th, 1983
  • Nationality: American
  • Weight: 175 lbs
  • Height: 6 ft
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Jake Holden Biography

Born in Tacoma, Washington, on May 5th 1983, Jake Holden quickly found a need for speed. Holden turned pro at just 16-years-old, and has been a regular in the AMA ever since.

Holden started his professional career with entries into the AMA Superbike and Supersport series, but it wasn’t until 2003 that he found a truly competitive bike. Holden rode to his first top 10 finish during the 2003 season and earned a 15th place overall result for the season in the Superstock class.

Holden’s performance earned him a spot on the Hypercycle Suzuki team in 2004, where he earned his first top five finish in the Superstock class. Holden stuck with Suzuki in 2005, but now with the Lion Racing Team, and continued to improve. In 2005 he finished 6th in the Superstock series after claiming three top five finishes.

In 2006, Holden got some major support from the Michael Jordan Suzuki Team who had noticed his skill throughout the years. Holden would have another successful season in 2006, but it wasn’t until the following year that he claimed his first AMA win.

The following year was even better as Holden added two more win to his career tally, and finished the 2008 Superstock season in third place.

Holden would see his most successful season in the AMA Superbike series in 2009. With the Holden Racing / Corona Honda team, Holden would score 13 top 10 finishes, 2 top five finishes, and end the season in 10th place.

After nearly a decade of racing in the Superstock and Superbike series, Holden decided to mix things up in 2010. Now backed by Roberson Motorsports, Holden entered into the inaugural XR2100 series. Holden finished in the top 10 at every race he competed at, and ended the season in 3rd. Holden also tried his hand in the Daytona Sportbike series for three races. Holden’s performance in the DSB in 2010 led to the decision to ride full time in the DSB in 2011.

Jake Holden News

Jake Holden Career Stats

  • 2002 – Superstock – 20th
  • 2002 – Superbike – 52nd
  • 2003 – Superstock – 15th
  • 2003 – Superbike – 17th
  • 2004 – Superstock – 9th
  • 2004 – Superbike – 25th
  • 2005 – Superstock – 6th
  • 2005 – Superbike – 19th
  • 2006 – Superstock – 12th
  • 2006 – Superbike – 12th
  • 2007 – superstock – 9th
  • 2007 – Superbike – 13th
  • 2008 – Superstock – 3rd
  • 2008 – Superbike – 32nd
  • 2009 – Superbike – 10th
  • 2010 – XR1200 – 3rd
  • 2010 – Superbike – 14th
  • 2010 – Daytona Sportbike – 29th

Jake Holden’s Bike – Ducati 848 EVO

  • Manufacturer: Ducati
  • Make: 848 EVO
  • Engine: Liquid cooled L-Twin cylinder
  • Power: 140hp (103kw) @ 10,500rpm
  • Torque: 72.3lb-ft (98Nm) @ 9,750rpm
Jake_Holden

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DiSalvo Does the Double at Infineon

Jason_DiSalvo_qualifying_SaturdayJason DiSalvo went two for two at Infineon this weekend. DiSalvo beat out Danny Eslick and Josh Herrin for his second win at Sonoma track.

DiSalvo has won every Daytona Sportbike race so far this season. The Latus Ducati rider won the Daytona 200, then did the double this weekend. It is the first time in DiSalvo’s career that he has ever won three consecutive races.

“Never, I’ve never won three races in a row,” DiSalvo said. “I won two in a row, but in different categories in 2004 at VIR. But this is the first time I’ve ever won three races in a row.”

DiSalvo was challenged early by Jake Holden, but a wild crash sent Holden to the infield medical center. Holden broke his pinkie and had to retire from the race.

Shortly after Holden’s crash the race was red flagged for rain. But the light drizzle only halted the race for a few minutes. On the restart DiSalvo and Herrin shot down the track. Herrin took the lead but couldn’t keep DiSalvo at bay. DiSalvo took the lead at lap nine and slowly started to build the gap.

DiSalvo kept setting better lap times as he eventually extended his lead to four seconds over Eslick.

Josh Herrin was the final rider to find the podium today. Herrin was given a one race suspension after an incident at the Daytona 200, and was happy to make up some points at Infineon.

“I was just happy to be racing,” Herrin said. “You know there was a racing incident at Daytona, but I’m ready to move past that and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Daytona Sportbike Race Results – Infineon Raceway Race 2

  1. DiSalvo
  2. Eslick
  3. Herrin
  4. Jacobsen
  5. West
  6. Beaubier
  7. Aquino
  8. Westby
  9. Knapp
  10. Allston

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com